Conclusion: I really wanted After Earth to not be as bad as everyone said it was. Maybe its problems have been overstated slightly. Still, this Jaden Smith vehicle is an unfortunately lifeless sci-fi outing that falls short of his father's usually high standard of entertainment. One of these days, M.
Excerpt: Hmmm, there are a lot of ways I could approach this initial paragraph. I could talk about Will Smith. I could talk about Jaden Smith. I could talk about M. Night Shyamalan. Decisions, decisions. Oh let’s go with the obvious, shall we? I’ve always been a big fan of Will Smith.
Conclusion: M. Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker for whom it's easy to root. He's proven himself capable of assembling near perfect movies -- The Sixth Sense , Unbreakable , and especially Signs are amongst the finest motion pictures of the past few decades -- but he has, for whatever reason, fallen on hard times...
Excerpt: Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick acts as a reference point provided at different intervals to those wading through the weighty-but-easy-enough-to-follow mythology mapped out in M. Night Shyalaman’s After Earth .
Excerpt: For a $130 million vanity project, After Earth is remarkably lean. Conceived by Will Smith as a starring vehicle for his son, Jaden, the movie is a no-frills wilderness survival tale with sci-fi trappings. For most of its running time, its two major characters are the only people onscreen.
Excerpt: This ill-conceived film is an uninspiring, predictable story of survival. Poor acting isn't helped by wooden dialogue, nor the leading man's charisma being wasted in what is essentially a supporting role.